Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Naif Saud chaired the Cabinet session Monday afternoon at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.
Crown Prince Mohammad briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of the talks that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held in Riyadh during the week with President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo of Somalia and President Prokopios Pavlopoulos of Greece.
The Cabinet was briefed on the outcomes of the visit of Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir to Iraq, where he held talks with a number of Iraqi officials, reiterating the affirmation of the ties binding the two countries.
The Cabinet reviewed the latest developments at the regional and international arenas including the resumption of Syrian negotiations in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations. The Cabinet expressed hope that the negotiations would bring about a comprehensive ceasefire and a political solution to the Syrian crisis based on Geneva Declaration I and the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
The Cabinet finally adjourned after discussing a number of topics including cooperation agreements between the Kingdom and each of Kyrgyzstan and Russia in combating crime and protection of classified information; approved the memorandum of understanding with Afghanistan on cooperation in judiciary and legal affairs and the memorandum of understanding with Japan in the field of social development.
The Cabinet also approved a scientific cooperation agreement with Belarus; authorized King Saud University to discuss a MoU for academic cooperation with Shanghai University in China. The Cabinet also authorized the Minister of Culture and Information, or his designate, to discuss with Indonesia and Malaysia a program to exchange news between the Saudi Press Agency and Indonesian and Malaysian news agencies.